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I was wondering how valuable is a degree from the OpenUni when wanting to get into teaching for a subject like History, Geography. Is it harder to get onto a PGCE course with an open uni degree compared to a brick uni?
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Hi,

I was wondering how valuable is a degree from the OpenUni when wanting to get into teaching for a subject like History, Geography. Is it harder to get onto a PGCE course with an open uni degree compared to a brick uni?
Nope, OU degrees would be fine. PGCE admissions do not care about where your degree is from, basically.

For Secondary, your degree would need to be at least 50% of the subject you want to teach (at least 50% of the modules would need to be History to get onto a Secondary History PGCE course), so bear that in mind when choosing your degree and then your modules.
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Nope, OU degrees would be fine. PGCE admissions do not care about where your degree is from, basically.

For Secondary, your degree would need to be at least 50% of the subject you want to teach (at least 50% of the modules would need to be History to get onto a Secondary History PGCE course), so bear that in mind when choosing your degree and then your modules.
Is there some sort of statistic which shows how many open uni students get into teaching?
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Is there some sort of statistic which shows how many open uni students get into teaching?
I don't think so. The university really is irrelevant to the process - they just care that you've got a 2:2 or higher (many require a 2:1) in a relevant degree. What will get you into teaching is plenty of work experience (observing in schools) and essentially being passionate.
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I don't think so. The university really is irrelevant to the process - they just care that you've got a 2:2 or higher (many require a 2:1) in a relevant degree. What will get you into teaching is plenty of work experience (observing in schools) and essentially being passionate.
Okay, thank you!
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Are you at the open uni or plan to go to the open uni and then pursue a pgce afterwards?
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Are you at the open uni or plan to go to the open uni and then pursue a pgce afterwards?
Interested in the responses...no plans currently...
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I don't think so. The university really is irrelevant to the process - they just care that you've got a 2:2 or higher (many require a 2:1) in a relevant degree. What will get you into teaching is plenty of work experience (observing in schools) and essentially being passionate.
Exactly.
It doesnt matter which uni you went to, as long as you have the required grades and the relevant work experience.
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Exactly.
It doesnt matter which uni you went to, as long as you have the required grades and the relevant work experience.
Oh okay thanks =)
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Oh okay thanks =)
As the others have said, an OU degree is fine - it just needs to be a 2ii or higher and at least 50% of it in the subject that you want to teach (at secondary)
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As the others have said, an OU degree is fine - it just needs to be a 2ii or higher and at least 50% of it in the subject that you want to teach (at secondary)
Thanks so much!

Im in my final year at a brick uni, but i've really been struggling this year and have super bad anxiety about straight up failing, so I am basically trying to plan what to do if I do end up failing lol

Also the issue is I have looked at other pathways to get into teaching, for example being hired by a school where they train you to gain a QTS. However, for most or some of these vacancies they state they want a 2.1- sometimes from a Russell group university.
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Thanks so much!

Im in my final year at a brick uni, but i've really been struggling this year and have super bad anxiety about straight up failing, so I am basically trying to plan what to do if I do end up failing lol

Also the issue is I have looked at other pathways to get into teaching, for example being hired by a school where they train you to gain a QTS. However, for most or some of these vacancies they state they want a 2.1- sometimes from a Russell group university.
Are you really not on track for a 2ii? And have you sought help for your anxiety from the university's Student Welfare service

However, for most or some of these vacancies they state they want a 2.1- sometimes from a Russell group university.
I have never heard of such a thing - where Schools-based training is restricted to those with a Russell Group university degree. I"m not saying I don't believe you: only that this is a new one on me. Could you tell us which schools you've seen which are advertising this? It's a ridiculous thing for the school to be doing because they know full well that "Russell Group" doesn't actually mean anything - it's just a marketing term.
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Are you really not on track for a 2ii? And have you sought help for your anxiety from the university's Student Welfare service



I have never heard of such a thing - where Schools-based training is restricted to those with a Russell Group university degree. I"m not saying I don't believe you: only that this is a new one on me. Could you tell us which schools you've seen which are advertising this? It's a ridiculous thing for the school to be doing because they know full well that "Russell Group" doesn't actually mean anything - it's just a marketing term.
I am on track for a 2.1, however I am really worried about just outright failing too many modules or my dissertation this year which will prevent me from graduating with a 2.2 and will be contacting student welfare soon.

I cant rememebr which schools exactly, but I am certain a few schools I have looked at either stated they 'prefer' applicants from russel group univerisites or something along those lines, however it has been a while since I checked.
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Hi,

I was wondering how valuable is a degree from the OpenUni when wanting to get into teaching for a subject like History, Geography. Is it harder to get onto a PGCE course with an open uni degree compared to a brick uni?
I’m doing my PGCE now and there’s a guy on my course who done his BSc with open university
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I’m doing my PGCE now and there’s a guy on my course who done his BSc with open university
That is reassuring to hear!! If you dont mind me asking, where are you doing your PGCE?
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That is reassuring to hear!! If you dont mind me asking, where are you doing your PGCE?
We’re at goldsmiths, PGCE in secondary science with biology specialism
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I am on track for a 2.1, however I am really worried about just outright failing too many modules or my dissertation this year which will prevent me from graduating with a 2.2 and will be contacting student welfare soon.

I cant rememebr which schools exactly, but I am certain a few schools I have looked at either stated they 'prefer' applicants from russel group univerisites or something along those lines, however it has been a while since I checked.
Don't let worrying about the Russell Group put you off from getting a 2.1, for non-shortage subjects competition is fiercer and you'll be better off with a higher final classification.

Also note that you can't do anything about the OU not being in the Russell group so just don't waste any energy on it... you can focus all your efforts on getting the best grades possible instead. Don't mentally talk yourself into thinking it's not worth bothering because of the bloody Russell Group
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Don't let worrying about the Russell Group put you off from getting a 2.1, for non-shortage subjects competition is fiercer and you'll be better off with a higher final classification.

Also note that you can't do anything about the OU not being in the Russell group so just don't waste any energy on it... you can focus all your efforts on getting the best grades possible instead. Don't mentally talk yourself into thinking it's not worth bothering because of the bloody Russell Group
I am currently at a Russel group uni, but i am extremely worried about failing my last year and thinking I may have to resit the 3rd year elsewhere like the openuni which is why im asking :-/
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